MY MTP ORIGIN STORY
Shit got real when...
In mid-June in Vancouver, Canada while I was working with my B.C sales team, an email arrived announcing a mandatory company-wide Skype slated for the following morning. The mandatory call—we would all soon learn—was to announce that our certified organic supplement company was being sold to a multinational corporation.
The events of that morning ushered in a period of loss and uncertainty, the record of which is etched in my memory the way grooves are etched into vinyl to create beautiful music.
There are moments in each our lives when time seems a hostage of circumstance and the events that follow proceed as if possessed by an otherworldly force.
Call it destiny or circumstances beyond your control, either way these moments bring us to The Crossroads: That place where you have to make a choice, but no matter what choice you make you know one thing is for sure, shit is about to get real!
Six months later that I made my choice to leave that beloved company, say goodbye to a fabulous thirteen-year run and my senior-level income, and to coworkers that had become like my family, to set out on a journey alone and without a crystal ball.
Another well-paying job left behind; a death; debilitating back pain; shedding belongings that turned into too much baggage; stumbling, falling, getting back up, and at times losing sight of the trail altogether. Yet, never was I lost.
In her book Rising Strong, Brené Brown explores the transformational potential of such falling and failing, and the badass bravery required to get back up and tell our stories with vulnerability, and self-honesty, which is the transformational possibility in rising strong. Brené says, “The middle is messy but it is also where the magic happens.”
This was the middle of my story. Things got messy. And I indeed did discover magic hiding there.
By definition transformation is a process by which one thing into a complete other thing.
It’s anyone’s guess what the caterpillar goes through as digestive enzymes break down its body and reconfigure the bits it into a butterfly, but I’d put money on the process being a hot mess!
Each stumble or outright face-plant in the arena of my life was a gentle or stiff wind that fanned the ember of longing for personal transformation that is my True North, all the while I swear I heard Dory cheerfully encouraging me to "Just keep swimming!"
As much as we love the end of a story where the remarkably brave woman (or man) saves the world, its in the middle where the heroine meets adversity; get's creamed, gets up, dusts herself off, and discovers a superpower she didn’t realize she had then begins the work of focusing her efforts to hone that skill to fulfill her purpose.
The magic in the middle was discovering my transformational purpose: Transferring enthusiasm and inspiring others to risk it, live fully and with genuine enthusiasm.
I was born with this ability and still I have to practice standing in, and holding myself accountable for it. If you’re on that path of discovery I welcome the opportunity to discover how I might help you stand in and be accountable for your MTP.
Until then, lead into the unknown and don’t let the messy middle rob you of your sense of wonder about what is around the next bend. It is the spark that will reignite your intention to lead the change, and become the butterfly.